Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dr. Shortz's Brand Name: Puz-L-Boy

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The word "wizard" has the peculiar property that its letters can be grouped in pairs — A and Z, D and W, and I and R — that are opposite each other in the alphabet. That is, A and Z are at opposite ends of the alphabet, D and W are four letters in from their respective ends, and I and R are nine letters in from their respective ends. Can you name a well-known brand name in six letters that has this same property?
We would never have gotten this if Ross hadn't written a short bit of code to find all six letter "words" using the necessary pairs. The answer is:



They make iconic chairs like this:



on which you can sit like this:



and be patriotic, like this:



Did you have another brand name? Tell us about it!

Time for
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50 -- Mendo Jim
 51 - 100 -- zeke creek
101 - 150 -- Joe Kupe
151 - 200 -- Maggie Strasser
201 - 250 -- Marie
251 - 300 -- KDW
301 - 350 -- Word Woman
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Jan
451 - 500 -- PriscillaAA
 
501 - 550 -- EKW
551 - 600 -- Ross
601 - 650 -- Magdalen
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900 -- Paul
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

 > 5,000
 > 5,000 + new record
Our tie-break rule:   In the event that a single round number is announced with a qualifier such as "about" or "around" (e.g., "We received around 1,200 entries."), AND two separate people picked the ranges of numbers just before and just after that round number, the prize will be awarded to whichever entrant had not already won a prize, or in the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  As of July 2012, this rule is officially no longer obsolete (and also I still just like having fine print).

4 comments:

Paul said...

Wow, talk about being out on a limb!

Circa 1896–97, KZFO WFPZH composed some music based on a poem about a wizard's servant who was into labor-saving.

Mendo Jim said...

My musical "brand" and makers of tractors, shoes, motor homes and clothes was Oliver!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Farm_Equipment_Company

If any one saved the email addy for the NPR assistant who contacted us a while back, a word to him about the submission link might help.
That roadblock will certainly affect the Range situation.

Joe Kupe said...

Mendo Jim - I have the email of the person who produces the NPR segment. I can email it to Magdalen if you like, would just prefer not to post it. Thanks!

Word Woman said...

I went with SHIRAZ, the Australian-branded version of Syrah.